Under general direction, operate and maintain high-pressure steam boilers and accompanying ancillary equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Operate and maintain high-pressure steam boilers, steam-driven prime movers, diesel engine generator, and accompanying ancillary equipment as instructed, providing safe, reliable, and uninterrupted operation of the equipment.
Ensure plant equipment operation meets the University sustainability goals, standard operating procedures, and all pertinent regulatory requirements.
Maintain neat and accurate operating and maintenance log entries as required.
Perform preventive maintenance on a scheduled basis in accordance with written procedures and industry standards, achieving reliable and efficient operation of plant equipment.
Supervise Plant Operator, with primary plant operating responsibilities in the absence of the Lead Operating Engineer, Assistant Chief, and Chief Operating Engineer.
Perform daily tests and analysis on plant chemical treatment programs. Interpret results and make necessary adjustments to achieve and maintain program parameters and regulatory compliance.
Willingness to work shift vacancies caused by vacations or openings.
Willingness to work shift maintenance when scheduled or required.
Performs other duties as assigned
Minimum of a high school diploma
Must have and maintain a City of Chicago Stationary Engineer’s License
Minimum of three years of experience with high pressure steam.
Minimum of three years of experience in the operation and maintenance of industrial grade heating and cooling plant equipment.
Experience with straight condensing and back pressure steam turbines and ancillary equipment.
Good understanding of the steam and refrigeration cycles.
Mechanical aptitude and proven ability to maintain operating standards.
Knowledge of occupational hazards and recurring safety precautions.
Must be a member of Operating Engineers Local 399 or join after 90-day probationary period.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to perform calculations applicable to field of experience.
Receptive to feedback, willing to lean, embracing continuous improvement.
Helpful, respectful, approachable, collaborative, team oriented.
Ability to build strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Seeks to build collaboration by encouraging trust, mutual respect and shared purpose.
Balances listening and talking, speaks and writes clearly and accurately, keeps others informed.
Integrates health and safety precautions into daily activities.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Proficiency with mobile devices including iOS.
Proficiency with software programs including Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Outlook.
Demonstrated supervisory skills.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation, and teamwork within the unit.
Recommends improvements and opportunities to increase efficiency, safety, and reduce costs.
Analytical skills including critical thinking, decision making, trouble shooting and problem solving.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37636
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.